PhD Program Degree Requirements

The standard PhD program requires forty-five (45) credit hours of coursework, of which at least twenty-four (24) credit hours must be dissertation hours. The remaining twenty-one (21) letter-graded credit hours are divided into three areas:

General Engineering and Mathematics
Six (6) semester hours: EML 5930 – Analysis in Mechanical Engineering II (3) and one additional course from the approved course list.

Fifteen (15) semester hours: Select five (5) graduate-level, letter-graded courses in engineering, mathematics, and/or any science discipline (e.g. computer science, physics, etc.).

Graduate Seminar
EML 5935 – Mechanical Engineering Seminar (0). See Graduate Seminar section for additional information.

Preliminary Exam
EML 8968 - Preliminary Examination (0). See Preliminary Exam section for additional information.

Twenty-four (24) semester hours: EML 6980 - Dissertation (1-12). University rules require that students take thesis credit in their final term, even if they have completed the thesis credit requirement for their degree program.

Dissertation Defense
EML 8985 - Dissertation Defense (0) must be taken in the student's final semester.